i've been working out pretty regularly for a few years now. i'm not exceptionally strong or big, but i've definitely made progress from where i was when i started. i've never had significant problems or pain while benching until recently.
i did the 40 day program that was featured in a T-Nation article a month or two back. before that, i could still bench no problem. during the 40 day program, i did dumbbell presses instead of standard bench pressing. then, when i went back to regular bench pressing, i had significant pain in my left wrist.
it only really hurts near lockout, and it bothers me enough that i find myself cutting my sets short and not pressing all the way to lockout in order to avoid the pain. i'm not blaming the 40 day program, i just think it's weird that the wrist pain appeared so suddenly.
so far, the only solution i can think of is avoiding the barbell bench press and using dumbbells. i'm fine with that, but i'd like to be able to do barbell benches sometimes, at least. oh, and i tried using a narrower grip. that helped, but only a tiny bit. i don't know if this matters, but i'm pretty tall (6'5) and i have long arms.
i'm wondering if anybody has had similar experiences and/or advice. i did some searching on this site and saw several people mention wrist wraps, but their wrist pain circumstances were all pretty different than mine.